Real Madrid Never Get Tired Of Winning
Real Madrid started the new season, in the heat of Macedonia, as we had the last, in Cardiff... with a victory.
Having retained the Champions League last season, beating Juventus in June's final, Real became the first side since 1990 to defend the European Super Cup when proving too strong for Manchester United.
Due to the heat at the Philip II National Arena, temperatures rose above 30c in Skopje; the game twice had to be stopped for cooling breaks, which had been scheduled.
Ahead through Casemiro, previously denied by the crossbar, Real were two up when Isco calmly combined with Gareth Bale to leave Los Blancos in control early in the second half.
Man United pulled a goal back through Romelu Lukaku but Real ran out deserved 2-1 victors to lift the European Super Cup for a fourth time.
With Real always hungry for success, given the talent the club has, Zinedine Zidane is sure we can 'achieve great things' telling realmadrid.com, despite a struggle towards the end, which would have been eased by a third, it was a 'near perfect performance.'
'We know we've got a lot of talent and that with hard work we can achieve great things. We're very hungry, we always want more. It was a near perfect performance. The first half was fantastic and then we struggled a bit at the end of the second. If we'd have got the third goal, that would have been it. We showed great character and hunger.'
Real celebrated the victory like we had the Champions League win as this club has a winning mentality that never becomes tiresome and now Zidane is looking for Los Blancos to continue improving and better the achievements of last season, praising the dramatic increase in performance against Man United on Tuesday from that seen in pre-season.
He said: 'There were great celebrations in the dressing room, that's normal, we never get tired of winning. We controlled things where they are very strong, such as second balls, the high balls. We pressed high and didn't allow them to play. We made it count with the ball and stayed calm. The team's overall commitment is crucial as well.'
Adding: 'We know that every game will be more difficult and we'll come up against very good opposition throughout the season. The first comes on Sunday. We want to give it our all and we've got the ambition to do better and better. Today was no comparison with the pre-season games. We were on it from the first minute to the last.'
Zidane was well aware Real controlled most of the game but did face a few 'difficult moments.' Mainly due to the case it wouldn't have been possible to play at the level we had throughout the entire 90 minutes.
But it was a winning start and he's hopeful of this 'good streak' under his guidance continuing.
'You can't play at the same level for an hour and a half, that's the beauty of football. We had some difficult moments, but we controlled the game. We were up against a team that knows how to play and can cause you problems. We want to continue our good run and try to make the most of it. It's a very long season and this year will be more complicated but we want to continue on this good streak.'